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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Family and friends are coming over, presents must be bought and delicious holiday treats must be prepared. Before you consider venturing into the long border lineups for your groceries and shopping list there are a few things to consider.

When you buy local you are actively contributing to the British Columbian economy and helping to sustain all the programs we utilize as tax payers. Every $1 spent in your local community has a 7 times benefits as it pays for wages, suppliers, taxes etc. that further supports the growth and sustainability of where you live.

Supply managed farms in British Columbia provide 5.6 billion in annual economic output. The dairy industry in British Columbia consists of 518 family run dairy farms. The average farm has 120 milking cows that provide a high quality and local product that can be found at any grocery store you go to in BC. If you buy a jug of milk in Vancouver, you can rest assure that your milk was produced on a farm in the lower mainland.

So this holiday season do your part to help sustain a strong economy for the province of BC and buy local!

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